The School of Architecture is pleased to announce that Lowell Miller has been appointed as its Fabrication Coordinator. In this role, Mr. Miller manages the school’s extensive woodshop and fabrication operations located in the Architecture Annex. He also works closely with faculty members who are offering design studios and seminars that involve use of woodshop and fabrication equipment.
Mr. Miller joined the school as Interim Fabrication Coordinator in January 2016. In the interim position, he brought a number of important innovations to the Annex, including a three-tier safety training protocol for students, staff, and faculty. He also cleared and equipped space in the Annex that can accommodate faculty design research, and has collaborated with faculty and staff in bringing the school’s robotic arm online.
Shortly after starting in the interim role, Mr. Miller began developing what he calls the Root to Roof initiative, the aim of which is to educate students about urban wood harvesting and the production of sustainable materials for design projects. In February, Mr. Miller received a $94,750 funding award from the Student Sustainability Committee for further development of the Root to Roof initiative over the next three years.
Prior to joining the School of Architecture staff, Mr. Miller was retail store manager at the CU Woodshop and School in Champaign. Also, since 2011, he has been the sole proprietor of Miller Woodworks, which designs and fabricates high-end handcrafted wooden sound amplification docks for multimedia equipment, as well as built-ins for homes, and standalone furniture pieces.
Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Associate of Arts degree from Parkland College.